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February 1, 2021
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In the first message in the series Agents of Babylon; we learn how Daniel and his friends stood resolutely for God in a pagan land.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:Welcome to the Hall of Prophecy.
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  • From this hall, we havea bird's eye view to the world:
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  • the past, present,and even the future.
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  • More importantly,we see the world
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  • through the lens of Scripture.
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  • Though most people believethat biblical prophecies
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  • about the cataclysmic final daysof the earth can only be found
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  • in the last book of the Bible,the book of Revelation,
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  • you may be surprised to knowthat end-time prophecies
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  • are foundin the Old Testament as well,
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  • recorded hundreds of yearsbefore John's Revelation.
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  • It's true.
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  • New Testament prophecieswere foreshadowed
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  • by Old Testament propheciesgiven centuries
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  • before the birth of Christ.
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  • In fact, if we travel backto the 6th century BC
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  • we will discover one of the mostremarkable glimpses
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  • into the future of this world.
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  • The first lookat the end of days came
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  • from the ancientland of Babylon.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: In 587 BCJerusalem was besieged
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  • by Nebuchadnezzar's army.
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  • Afterward, he took manyHebrew hostages to serve
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  • as slaves in Babylon.
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  • One hostage, a godly young teen,was torn from his world
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  • and exiled to Babylon andin this new world he discovered
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  • a foreign godless culture,one in which he would live
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  • the rest of his life.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Though at firsthis story appears
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  • hopelessly daunting,we will discover otherwise.
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  • The biblical accountof the young Jew in Babylon
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  • and his three companionswill encourage us
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  • that even today we can stand upin a culture of godlessness
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  • and remain faithful to God
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  • even in the most tryingof circumstances.
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  • So who was this Hebrew hostageliving in a hostile world?
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  • Daniel, an agent of Babylon.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: What does God expectfrom his followers
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  • living in today's culture?
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  • How can we stand up for him?
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's book,"Agents of Babylon,"
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  • you'll find that the answercan be found in the life
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  • of one of Scripture'sgreatest heroes, Daniel.
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  • Why Daniel?
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  • Because the culture of his dayis surprisingly similar
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  • to the culture of today,
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  • and he not only survived,but thrived
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  • by standing up for Godin the midst of it.
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  • Discover how you can alsoreflect God's grace and love
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  • as you live for Christin today's culture in,
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  • "Agents of Babylon,"
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  • yours when you give a giftof any amount.
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  • If you give $70 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • the "Agents of Babylon"DVD study set containing the,
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  • "Agents of Babylon" book,complete teaching series on DVD,
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  • correlating study guide,and the Standup bookmark.
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  • Plus a bonus DVD containingDr. Jeremiah's live reading of,
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  • "The Agent of Agents"and "The Agents of Babylon"
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  • highlight episode,including the opening
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  • Hall of Prophecy segmentsyou've seen
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  • on Turning Point Television.
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  • Order the "Agents of Babylon"book or study set
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  • when you contact"Turning Point" today.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Historiansrecord that, "Jerusalem fell
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  • to Nebuchadnezzar andthe Babylonians in 605 BC."
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  • And it also tells us that theking deported Jewish hostages
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  • from Jerusalem to Babylon,leaving Jerusalem in ruins
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  • with only a few of the poor,aged,
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  • and infirmed still in the land.
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  • For 70 years they werein captivity
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  • because they refused to dowhat God called them to do,
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  • and God got the Babylonians,the most wicked nation
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  • in the world,to carry out his judgment.
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  • The Bible says this wasordained of God.
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  • It's interesting,this is really ironic.
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  • God turned evil againstevil to accomplish good.
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  • He took the Babyloniansto punish the Israelites
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  • to get good out of it.
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  • After the great defection,there was a great deportation,
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  • verses 2 through 7.
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  • Here we read that "the Lordgave into Nebuchadnezzar's hand,
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  • some of the articlesof the house of God,
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  • which he carriedinto the land of Shinar,"
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  • which is another namefor Babylon,
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  • "to the house of his god;
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  • and he brought the articles intothe treasure house of his god."
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  • He took the chalicesand the vessels
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  • and all of the beautifulutensils that Solomon had put
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  • into the temple to enhancethe worship of Almighty God,
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  • and he took those vesselsand he carried them to Babylon
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  • and put them in the templeof an idol.
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  • Because you see, in that day,when you defeated a nation,
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  • it was thought that you alsodefeated that nation's god
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  • and to take those implementsand put them in your temple
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  • was a reminder to anyonewho knew it that the god Marduk
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  • had defeated the God of Israel.
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  • It was a short-lived victory,as you know.
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  • So now, Nebuchadnezzar hasthe articles of the temple
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  • in his idol's house,and he has some of the choice
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  • young men of Israel in Babylonand he's about to put them
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  • through some trainingso that they can become
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  • his representativesin the kingdom
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  • where there will bemany other Jewish people.
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  • In order to be a partof Nebuchadnezzar's program,
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  • you had to meet the conditionsfor selection and we read
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  • about this in verses 3and 4 of Daniel 1:
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  • "The king instructed Ashpenaz,the master of his eunuchs,
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  • to bring some of the childrenof Israel and some
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  • of the king's descendantsand some of the nobles,
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  • young men in whomthere was no blemish,
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  • but good-looking,gifted in all wisdom,
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  • possessing knowledgeand quick to understand,
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  • who had ability to servein the king's palace."
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  • The elite of Judah's young menwere brought to Babylon
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  • and they were inspectedwith the view to becoming
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  • servants of Nebuchadnezzarin his palace.
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  • And here were the teststhey had to follow.
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  • First of all, the physical testin verse 4.
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  • They had to be, "young menin whom there was no blemish
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  • and they had to begood-looking."
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  • This is about the only placein the Bible
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  • where I've ever read thatgood-looking matters.
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  • But here it mattered.
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  • These young men had to bethe finest, the choicest,
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  • of the men in Judah.
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  • In fact, the word for young isthe original language refers
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  • to someone who's between14 and 17 years of age.
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  • They were young enough to makethe adjustment to a new place
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  • and they were old enough tolearn what was going on there.
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  • So they brought these young meninto Babylon,
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  • and then they had to passan intellectual test.
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  • Verse 4 says they had to be"gifted in all wisdom,
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  • possessing knowledgeand quick to understand."
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  • In additionto their physical prowess,
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  • they had to have a high IQ.
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  • Those who were to serve theking must be highly intelligent.
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  • They must be knowledgeableand the Bible says
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  • they must be quick to learn,a quick study.
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  • Not only physical, intellectual,but a social test was added
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  • to the list.
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  • In verse 4: "Young menwho had ability to serve
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  • in the king's palace."
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  • In other words, the kingexpected these men that he chose
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  • and would ultimately train to beyoung men of poise
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  • and social grace and winsomepersonalities
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  • because they would haveto function in a royal setting
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  • without causing the kingembarrassment.
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  • So, the physical testand the intellectual test
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  • and the social test.
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  • Now along with the conditionsfor their selection,
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  • there was a curriculumfor their schooling.
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  • Verse 4 says:"Whom they might teach
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  • the language and literatureof the Chaldeans."
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  • Nebuchadnezzar had a three-yeartraining program that
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  • he designed for these young menwho came into his kingdom.
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  • And then we're told thatalong with the schooling that
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  • Nebuchadnezzar was providing,he also had a sinister desire
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  • to seduce these young meninto becoming not just
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  • outwardly Babylonian butinwardly Babylonian as well.
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  • And the campaignfor their seduction
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  • is given to usin verses 5 through 7.
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  • Three things Nebuchadnezzardecided to do.
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  • First of all,he emasculated them.
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  • The book of Daniel doesn't stateexplicitly that that happened
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  • but we know it happenedfrom the writing of Isaiah.
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  • The prophet Isaiah predictedthat the Babylonians would come
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  • and carry off the richesof Judah as well as its sons.
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  • "They shall be eunuchs in thepalace of the king of Babylon."
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  • So, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego became eunuchs.
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  • The king did not want themto have any other desire
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  • except for him.
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  • Then he obligated them.
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  • The Bible says thathe "appointed for them
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  • a daily provisionof the king's delicacies
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  • and of the wine which he drank,"making them dependent
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  • upon the king's kitchen,the king's bounty,
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  • giving them food that wasso rich and elegant that
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  • they would never think aboutgoing back to their old diet.
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  • And then most important of all,he assimilated them.
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  • Verses 6 and 7 tell us thatthe chief of the eunuchs
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  • gave names to Danieland to Hananiah,
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  • and to Shadrach; to Mishael,Meshach; and Azariah."
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  • Now watch what he did.
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  • He changed Daniel's namewhich means in Hebrew
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  • "God is my judge,"to Belteshazzar which means,
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  • "Baal protect his life."
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  • Baal was a pagan Babylonian god.
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  • He changed Hananiah which means"Yahweh is gracious" in Hebrew
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  • to Shadrach which means,"the command of a coup,"
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  • after the Babylonian moon god.
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  • And he changed Mishaelwhich means in Hebrew,
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  • "who is what God is,"to Meshach which means,
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  • "who is what a coup is."
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  • And he changed Azariahwhich means,
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  • "Yahweh is my helper,to Abednego, "servant of Nebo",
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  • in honor of the second greatestBabylonian god, Nebo.
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  • You see, Nebuchadnezzarwanted his three young friends
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  • and Daniel to forget Jerusalem,to forget their God,
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  • to forget the templeand everything related
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  • to their Jewish heritageand their culture.
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  • But Daniel and his friendsdid not forget
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  • because how many of you knowyou can change a man's name
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  • but that doesn't changehis nature.
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  • And 70 years later, you seeDaniel still in Babylon,
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  • bowing down toward Jerusalemand remembering
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  • the God of his youth.
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  • The great defectionand the great deportation,
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  • and now the core of the passage,the great decision.
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  • In Daniel chapter 1,verses 8 and following,
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  • we find out why Daniel wasa standup guy for we read
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  • in verse 8 these words,his resolution:
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  • "Daniel purposed in his heartthat he would not defile himself
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  • with the portionof the king's delicacies,
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  • nor with the winewhich he drank."
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  • Now notice, Daniel didn't waituntil it was offered to him.
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  • He didn't wait untilthe moment of temptation.
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  • The Bible says long before that,"Daniel purposed in his heart
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  • that he would not violate hisfaith by eating and drinking
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  • food that had been offeredto an idol."
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  • Could I just pause for a momentand say that
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  • every major conviction we haveis a conviction we need to make
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  • long before it's tested.
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  • You don't make your decisionsabout what you're gonna do
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  • in a situation where youmight be tempted to compromise.
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  • You don't make that decision.
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  • I used to tell young peoplewhen I was a youth pastor,
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  • I was thinkingabout it this week,
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  • that the place to make upyour mind about your morality
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  • is not the back seatof your boyfriend's car.
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  • That's not a good placeto make that decision.
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  • You will make the wrong decisionif you do that.
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  • So, you gotta make the decision.
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  • You've got to resolveto do what's right.
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  • The reason Daniel was so strongwas he resolved to do
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  • what's right.
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  • In his heart he decided,"I will not violate my faith."
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  • But he did it inan interesting way.
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  • He didn't get in the faceof Nebuchadnezzar
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  • or Ashpenaz or the steward.
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  • He didn't rail against Babylon.
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  • He didn't write a paper onwhy you shouldn't eat food
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  • that's offered to an idol.
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  • Notice how he handled himself.
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  • Verses 8 and 10:"Daniel requested of the chief
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  • of the eunuchs that he might notdefile himself.
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  • And the chief of the eunuchssaid to Daniel,
  • 00:15:56.805 --> 00:15:59.408
  • 'I fear my lord the king,who has appointed
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  • your food and drink.
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  • For why should he see your faceslooking worse
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  • than the young menwho are your age?
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  • Then you would endanger my headbefore the king.'"
  • 00:16:10.019 --> 00:16:13.155
  • So, Daniel requestedof the chief of the eunuchs
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  • that he might notdefile himself.
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  • Daniel's refusal to followthe king's instruction didn't
  • 00:16:19.895 --> 00:16:25.534
  • get him in the king's facebut made him ask a question.
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  • He said, "Look, if you're gonnatry to make me eat this food,
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  • I'm not gonna eat this foodbut before you go off on this,
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  • let me give you another idea.
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  • Just why don't you test us?
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  • Why don't you let useat our food.
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  • "Please test your servantsfor ten days,
  • 00:16:42.117 --> 00:16:44.486
  • and let them give us vegetablesto eat and water to drink.
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  • Then let our appearancebe examined before you,
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  • and the appearanceof the young men
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  • who eat the portionof the king's delicacies;
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  • and as you see fit,so deal with your servants."
  • 00:16:54.263 --> 00:16:58.567
  • Daniel said, "Look,your way is not my way.
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  • Let me tell you what my way isand let us prove to you
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  • that my way is God's wayand the best way.
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  • Give us ten days to eat foodthat doesn't come
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  • from the king's table andat the end of the ten days
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  • you examine us and see whetheror not we're better than those
  • 00:17:14.116 --> 00:17:18.420
  • who ate the food thatwas offered to the idols."
  • 00:17:18.454 --> 00:17:22.124
  • What happens in verses 15and following in the 1st chapter
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  • is the great demonstration.
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  • This is my favorite partof the story.
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  • The result of Daniel's dietaryexperiment was conclusive.
  • 00:17:29.164 --> 00:17:33.335
  • At the end of ten days,he and his three friends
  • 00:17:33.368 --> 00:17:35.871
  • came out totally superiorto all of the other hostages
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  • in every category thatyou could measure.
  • 00:17:39.775 --> 00:17:42.945
  • First of all,they had greater impact.
  • 00:17:42.978 --> 00:17:45.147
  • Verse 15 says: "At the endof ten days their features
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:47.683
  • appeared better and fatterin flesh than all the young men
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  • who ate the portionof the king's delicacies."
  • 00:17:51.753 --> 00:17:54.490
  • When Daniel and his friendsstood up at the end
  • 00:17:54.523 --> 00:17:56.492
  • of their ten-day dietary trial,the Bible says
  • 00:17:56.525 --> 00:18:00.295
  • they had better skin,better skin color,
  • 00:18:00.329 --> 00:18:03.265
  • better general alertness,stronger physique,
  • 00:18:03.298 --> 00:18:06.735
  • their appearance was superiorin every way
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  • to those who had indulgedin the king's menu.
  • 00:18:09.138 --> 00:18:12.474
  • How could the appearanceof these men have shown
  • 00:18:12.508 --> 00:18:14.810
  • such exceptional superiorityin such a short time?
  • 00:18:14.843 --> 00:18:18.480
  • In fact, if this worksin ten days,
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  • we're all starting it tomorrow,right?
  • 00:18:21.216 --> 00:18:23.051
  • I mean, get us some vegetablesand a lot of water
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  • and we're on this diet for real.
  • 00:18:25.954 --> 00:18:28.223
  • So, how do you explain thatin ten days they totally
  • 00:18:28.257 --> 00:18:30.559
  • were so much better thanall the rest?
  • 00:18:30.592 --> 00:18:32.828
  • Well, the diet wasn't justvegetable and water,
  • 00:18:32.861 --> 00:18:36.265
  • it was vegetable, and water,and God.
  • 00:18:36.298 --> 00:18:39.701
  • God was in this.
  • 00:18:39.735 --> 00:18:41.170
  • God was allowing them to bemore pronounced
  • 00:18:41.203 --> 00:18:44.406
  • in their physical prowessthan the others.
  • 00:18:44.439 --> 00:18:48.043
  • God was making thisdemonstration what it was.
  • 00:18:48.076 --> 00:18:51.713
  • Not only did they havegreater impact,
  • 00:18:51.747 --> 00:18:53.615
  • but they hadgreater intelligence.
  • 00:18:53.649 --> 00:18:55.217
  • Verses 17 and 20 tell us that"God gave them knowledge
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  • and skill in all literatureand wisdom;
  • 00:18:59.254 --> 00:19:01.523
  • and Daniel had understandingin all visions and dreams.
  • 00:19:01.557 --> 00:19:05.394
  • And in all matters of wisdomand understanding about
  • 00:19:05.427 --> 00:19:08.230
  • which the king examined them,he found them ten times better
  • 00:19:08.263 --> 00:19:11.700
  • than all the magiciansand all the astrologers
  • 00:19:11.733 --> 00:19:14.369
  • who were in all of his realm."
  • 00:19:14.403 --> 00:19:16.071
  • So they had greater impactand greater intelligence
  • 00:19:16.104 --> 00:19:18.307
  • and they had greater influence.
  • 00:19:18.340 --> 00:19:20.275
  • "At the end of the days,"verse 18 and 19,
  • 00:19:20.309 --> 00:19:23.178
  • "none was found like Daniel,Hananiah and Mishael
  • 00:19:23.212 --> 00:19:27.816
  • and Azariah; therefore,they served before the king."
  • 00:19:27.849 --> 00:19:32.454
  • They graduated and they werepromoted and now here we are
  • 00:19:32.487 --> 00:19:36.358
  • with these four Hebrew boysin the palace
  • 00:19:36.391 --> 00:19:40.862
  • with the Babylonian kingin the place
  • 00:19:40.896 --> 00:19:44.533
  • where God is gonna use themto influence things
  • 00:19:44.566 --> 00:19:46.868
  • that we're going to seein the future.
  • 00:19:46.902 --> 00:19:48.570
  • He brought these young menout of Jerusalem.
  • 00:19:48.604 --> 00:19:51.607
  • They went throughthe training program,
  • 00:19:51.640 --> 00:19:53.775
  • maintained their faith in Godand here they are
  • 00:19:53.809 --> 00:19:56.378
  • in the palaceof King Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • The great testimonyfor Daniel is
  • 00:20:00.315 --> 00:20:02.384
  • in the 21st verseof the 1st chapter.
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  • If you don't have your Bibles,look up on the screen.
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  • This is what it says,Daniel 1:21:
  • 00:20:07.155 --> 00:20:09.625
  • "Thus Daniel continued."
  • 00:20:09.658 --> 00:20:12.628
  • Daniel continued.in the public eye
  • 00:20:12.661 --> 00:20:17.165
  • for almost 70 years.
  • 00:20:17.199 --> 00:20:20.469
  • He outlasted someof the most powerful kings
  • 00:20:20.502 --> 00:20:22.804
  • and kingdoms in world history.
  • 00:20:22.838 --> 00:20:25.641
  • And he lived in a culturethat was utterly pagan,
  • 00:20:25.674 --> 00:20:29.077
  • yet there isn't a negativeword said about Daniel
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  • in all of the Bible, not one.
  • 00:20:32.114 --> 00:20:34.483
  • He wasn't sinlessbut they just never recorded
  • 00:20:34.516 --> 00:20:37.019
  • anything evil about Daniel.
  • 00:20:37.052 --> 00:20:39.621
  • When the leaders of Babylontried to find something
  • 00:20:39.655 --> 00:20:41.657
  • about him that they could useto convict him,
  • 00:20:41.690 --> 00:20:43.859
  • it says in chapter 6 thatthe only thing they could find
  • 00:20:43.892 --> 00:20:46.995
  • about him that they might tryto convict him about
  • 00:20:47.029 --> 00:20:49.064
  • was his faith in God.
  • 00:20:49.097 --> 00:20:51.266
  • What a testimonyfor us to follow.
  • 00:20:51.300 --> 00:20:54.903
  • But what about us?
  • 00:20:54.936 --> 00:20:56.571
  • What do we take away from this?
  • 00:20:56.605 --> 00:20:58.040
  • Let me say just three things.
  • 00:20:58.073 --> 00:21:00.175
  • First of all, Daniel had a lifethat was steadfast.
  • 00:21:00.208 --> 00:21:04.613
  • And we can havesuch a life as well.
  • 00:21:04.646 --> 00:21:07.082
  • The preparation for it ismore simple than you may think
  • 00:21:07.115 --> 00:21:10.752
  • and it's in process right nowin all of our lives.
  • 00:21:10.786 --> 00:21:13.955
  • What I'm saying is thatall of us are
  • 00:21:13.989 --> 00:21:15.691
  • in the category of Daniel.
  • 00:21:15.724 --> 00:21:17.092
  • He doesn't have anythingon any of us.
  • 00:21:17.125 --> 00:21:18.593
  • We're all bornwith the opportunity to become
  • 00:21:18.627 --> 00:21:20.862
  • like Daniel, to becomechampions for what we believe,
  • 00:21:20.896 --> 00:21:24.599
  • to stand up for our faith.
  • 00:21:24.633 --> 00:21:26.601
  • It starts withthe little things.
  • 00:21:26.635 --> 00:21:28.370
  • It doesn't startwith the big things.
  • 00:21:28.403 --> 00:21:30.472
  • You know, I happen to believethat most of us in this room
  • 00:21:30.505 --> 00:21:33.075
  • are gonna face some major issuesthat we have to stand up for
  • 00:21:33.108 --> 00:21:37.245
  • before we go to heaven.
  • 00:21:37.279 --> 00:21:40.515
  • But let me ask youthis question.
  • 00:21:40.549 --> 00:21:42.217
  • What's gonna prepare usto do that?
  • 00:21:42.250 --> 00:21:45.053
  • You're just not gonna stand upfor the big thing
  • 00:21:45.087 --> 00:21:46.888
  • if you haven't had some smallvictories along the way.
  • 00:21:46.922 --> 00:21:49.758
  • So, the preparationfor a steadfast life
  • 00:21:49.791 --> 00:21:52.027
  • gives us someof the possibilities.
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:54.262
  • The way you get strongenough to stand up
  • 00:21:54.296 --> 00:21:56.531
  • for the big things isby standing up
  • 00:21:56.565 --> 00:21:59.234
  • for the little thingsand I promise you,
  • 00:21:59.267 --> 00:22:01.470
  • everyone in this room includingyour pastor will have
  • 00:22:01.503 --> 00:22:04.172
  • an opportunity this weekto stand up for something
  • 00:22:04.206 --> 00:22:06.942
  • that we really believe is true.
  • 00:22:06.975 --> 00:22:09.845
  • Finally, I wanna give youthe promise of a steadfast life.
  • 00:22:09.878 --> 00:22:13.615
  • And I want you to notice thatfor all of the miraculous works
  • 00:22:13.648 --> 00:22:17.119
  • that God did for Danieland through Daniel,
  • 00:22:17.152 --> 00:22:20.389
  • listen carefully,it is important to note
  • 00:22:20.422 --> 00:22:23.291
  • that God never took Danielout of Babylon.
  • 00:22:23.325 --> 00:22:27.529
  • He left him in that culturefor all of his 90-some years.
  • 00:22:27.562 --> 00:22:34.669
  • You see, the message of Danielis not that God is going
  • 00:22:34.703 --> 00:22:37.873
  • to remove all formsof oppression in our lives.
  • 00:22:37.906 --> 00:22:42.077
  • Sometimes we pray,"Lord, make it go away."
  • 00:22:42.110 --> 00:22:46.948
  • But instead, this helps us toknow that God has promised us
  • 00:22:46.982 --> 00:22:50.852
  • that we can find successand remain faithful to him
  • 00:22:50.886 --> 00:22:54.990
  • even in the most tryingof circumstances
  • 00:22:55.023 --> 00:22:57.826
  • and under the greatest pressureof culture.
  • 00:22:57.859 --> 00:23:00.162
  • We don't have to yieldto the pressure.
  • 00:23:00.195 --> 00:23:03.365
  • The same God who could,if he chose to do so,
  • 00:23:03.398 --> 00:23:08.069
  • take us away fromthis environment or take
  • 00:23:08.103 --> 00:23:10.739
  • this environment away from us,is the God who can help us live
  • 00:23:10.772 --> 00:23:15.043
  • like Daniel lived in a culturethat defies the very existence
  • 00:23:15.076 --> 00:23:19.347
  • of the Most High God.
  • 00:23:19.381 --> 00:23:21.683
  • And in order to do that,men and women,
  • 00:23:21.716 --> 00:23:23.718
  • we have to be willingto stand up.
  • 00:23:23.752 --> 00:23:27.489
  • It's not about standing down.
  • 00:23:27.522 --> 00:23:29.658
  • That's cowardice.
  • 00:23:29.691 --> 00:23:31.193
  • It's not about standing aside.
  • 00:23:31.226 --> 00:23:32.928
  • That's compromise.
  • 00:23:32.961 --> 00:23:34.296
  • It's really not evenabout standing against.
  • 00:23:34.329 --> 00:23:36.531
  • That's contention andthat's sometimes competition.
  • 00:23:36.565 --> 00:23:40.902
  • It's about standing up.
  • 00:23:40.936 --> 00:23:43.271
  • That's convictionand that's courage
  • 00:23:43.305 --> 00:23:46.107
  • and that's what Daniel did and,by the grace of God,
  • 00:23:46.141 --> 00:23:49.077
  • that's what I want to do and,by the grace of God,
  • 00:23:49.110 --> 00:23:51.780
  • I pray that's what you'll doas well.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As we have seentoday,
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  • Daniel is one of the mostremarkable individuals
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  • to be found in Scripture.
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  • His story is oneof unfailing faith and courage.
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  • Through his time as a hostagein a foreign land,
  • 00:25:37.485 --> 00:25:41.156
  • God gave Daniel everythinghe needed to not only survive
  • 00:25:41.189 --> 00:25:45.026
  • in a brutal pagan world,but to thrive
  • 00:25:45.060 --> 00:25:48.363
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If he's gotthe whole world in his hands,
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  • your world's in his hands, amen?
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  • for those of us who claim to beChristians that Almighty God
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  • controls our world as well?
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  • announcer: Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Insomniac,"here on "Turning Point."
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